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Friday Five: Fantastic Retellings

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Hans Christian Andersen, Perrault, The Brothers Grimm. We think we know where our fairy stories come from. The stories we hear from the earliest age and carry inside us as we grow up. But even those 18th and 19th Century

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Book Review: The Bloody Chamber

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter My rating: 4 of 5 stars I know modern takes on fairytales are all the rage now, but is it only me that occasionally gets a little bit bored with how

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Book Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente My rating: 5 of 5 stars In the last few years the market for fantasy/fairytale novels has, it’s fair to say, become pretty saturated.

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A Tale of Dice and Fire: Day 4

As Day 4 of A Tale of Dice and Fire dawns, I’m finding myself rather enraged. Not about anything huge in particular, but the cumulative effect of when all the little things build up (tax credit screw ups, communal kitchen

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A Tale of Dice and Fire: Day 3

We’re already on Day 3 of A Tale of Dice and Fire! I was much happier with yesterday’s story than Monday’s, but I also noticed a couple of habits I seem to slip into when writing short stories, so today

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